Jumpers to Jump Into Brooks Atkinson for April 25 Opening

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Jumpers, the first play from the Royal National Theatre success-spangled 2003 season to reach American shores, will land at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on April 6 for an opening on April 25.

The London stars Simon Russell Beale and Essie Davis will repeat their performances, as will National cast members Nicky Henson and John Rogan. The remainder of the cast is to be announced. Though Beale has received a lot of praise in the U.S., this will be his Broadway debut; his previous visits (in Hamlet, Uncle Vanya, Twelfth Night) were in limited runs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

The lead producers are Boyett Ostar Productions (which has a deal with the National allowing them first dibs on New York transfers) and the Nederlander Organization.

The director is David Leveaux, whose production of Fiddler on the Roof begins on Jan. 23 at the Minskoff. Leveaux directed Nine last season.

Jumpers, first produced at the Old Vic in 1972 with Diana Rigg and Michael Hordern, stars Beale as George, a philosopher who believes strongly in the idea of good – though those around him are less certain. As well as the usual Stoppardian mental acrobatics and trademark wit, there's a moon landing, a dead body and a trained tortoise.

Essie Davis, who plays his wife, won an Olivier for her Stella in the National Theatre's A Streetcar Named Desire (opposite Glenn Close). This version of Jumpers began previews at London's National Theatre June 7, 2003. It transferred to the Piccadilly Theatre Nov. 14 prior to an official opening Nov. 20. The West End mounting will close March 6.

The original 1974 Broadway production of Jumpers ran for 48 performances and starred Brian Bedford as George and Jill Clayburgh as Dorothy.

The production features set designs by Vicki Mortimer, costumes by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting by Paule Constable, aerial choreography by Aidan Treays, music by Corin Buckeridge, sound design  by John Leonard for Aura and video design by Dick Straker & Sven Ortel for Mesmer.

Tickets will go on sale on March 7. 

Simon Russell Beale in <i>Jumpers</i>
Simon Russell Beale in Jumpers Photo by Catherine Ashmore
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